Friday, September 3, 2010

Cami's Cards

(Cami was hammin' it up for the camera.. I DID not, I repeat DID NOT pose her this way -what a goof)


My sweet Mom had the best idea to write to all her friends and family asking if they would send Cami a card for her birthday. She sent a mass email out and soon her friends were passing the word along to their friends and family.

About a week before her birthday we started getting cards in the mail, then came packages, large envelopes, and more cards-cards-cards! It started to become the best part of Cami's day, walking to the mailbox to check for birthday cards. We saved them all to open on her birthday. As the mail and packages piled up she could hardly stand the wait.

She was so excited when her birthday rolled around. We had so much fun opening all of her cards. It was unbelievable the amount of cards she received, it was well over 150. Complete strangers sent her toys, cards, letters, pictures, cuddly animals, craft stuff, postcards. We got things from England, the Caribbean, Scotland, Australia, Holland, Czech Republic, Africa, Japan, Samoa and all over the USA. It makes me emotional just thinking about how truly kind people are. There are so many GOOD people in this world who have made such a huge difference in our lives.

After opening, reading, and hanging them up Cami said "look how many people love me Mommy". I always read Cami the comments she gets on this blog, but this was something she could see and feel. She was really blown away by how many people support her. It was also very therapeutic for me to feel the love pouring out of each and every letter. The words written were so beautiful, they gave me strength, and lifted me up. It was an overwhelming feeling.

Thank you to everyone who participated in sending Cami a card or getting the word out. She LOVES getting mail, and this really gave her something to look forward to each and every day. When there's not a lot to look forward to, this was HUGE for us!
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!


Because this helped to boost Cami so much, we would like to try and continue to get letters, cards, drawings or postcards for Cami throughout the year. If she gets 1 piece of mail a week she would be THRILLED! Like I said before, having something to look forward to helps so much at this time. Check out how much this helped our friend Millie get through her Chemo treatments here.

If you'd like to send Cami some snail mail, leave a comment with your email address or email me at chelseacarver@gmail.com and I will send you our address.
Thank you all SO very much!!!

39 comments:

  1. that first picture is so cute- look what a good little dancer she is! and those cards are a beautiful sight - what a neat idea to hang them like that. i thought it was so sweet to read about cami saying, "look how much everyone loves me!" :) dear girl. she certainly deserves it.

    we would love to send cami a card! elena can exchange chemo/clinic/ etc.. stories with her. :)

    helpthe3percent@gmail.com

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  2. Look at those perfect pointed toes!!!
    I just love her!!!
    :)
    mheaton23@gmail.com

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  3. I love it! :) I also love Cami's arabesque! She still has it ;) Yay!

    She deserved all of those cards! So nice to see her feel loved! Because if all else that girl has more love then she knows what to do with!

    Love you guys!
    Love Nat

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  4. We would LOVE to send Cami some mail!! My email is shae.featherstone@gmail.com
    I love Cami's poses. What a doll!

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  5. I would LOVE to send her something! kjbendixen@gmail.com

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  6. That is so fun! She is the cutest thing ever. Count us in for sure. jonimikk@hotmail.com

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  7. Can't wait to send your cute little Camryn some mail! steffanic03@yahoo.com

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  8. We would love to send something to Cami!!
    robyn.waggoner@gmail.com
    We continue to think of you all and pray for your strength....

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  9. Holy Smokes! That is amazing! I would love to send Cami a surprise! brooke-baker@hotmail.com

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  10. Happiness is the BEST medicine! (TRUST US!) ;) And if getting mail makes Cami HAPPY- then mail we shall send! :) My kids love making cards (even Coop liked making a card for Cami!) so we'll be sure to include card making in our activities!

    CAMI IS LOVED AROUND THE WORLD!!! :)

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  11. A very special THANK YOU to Niki, Nancy, Julia, Denise, Jennifer & others who helped spread the word! Also to my wonderful RA friends! What loving, thoughtful, generous people who took the time to help make Camis B-Day memorable & happy!!!!

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  12. What a cute idea your mom had for Cami's birthday; maybe I'll have to copy you guys! Millie's is Sept. 28.

    So fun to see all those darling cards hanging! Cami is a doll in her MJ dress and I love her pointed toe!

    Millie's Mail helped us more then I even know how to express and I know it will help you guys too. We would LOVE to send Cami a little something.

    amandaflamm@hotmail.com

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  13. lfeatherstone35@gmail.com

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  14. Wow that is completely amazing...I am so happy she received all that post! she definitely deserves it. I couldn't even tell my husband sitting beside me about this without bursting into tears - I definitely want to send Cami some mail! My email is gembraithwaite@aol.co.uk thanks.

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  15. You don't know me but my brother is colter haycock. He works with your husband. He is always wearing his kisses for cami bracelet... he gave me your blog address, and instantly fell in love with your little cami. What a true angel she is! You are all so amazingly strong, thank you for being such amazing examples to those around you, and for sharing your sweet cami's story! I would love to send cami something! My email is haycock05@gmail.com. You are all in my thoughts and prayers every day:)

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  16. Every time I read your blog I get emotional, because we had a big cancer scare this year with my now 10 year old. I keep thinking that this could have been the path we would be going down. And this post in particular had me sitting here with tears streaming down my face.

    I would be honored to be part of a chain of mail to lift your precious daughters' spirits. I would like to get my daughters involved as well.

    Also, prayers for your Grandmother. She sounds like a wonderful role model.
    jcaville@hotmail.com

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  17. My girls love to draw pictures, they would love to draw some for Cami. Please send me her address. Laura Wilkinson email: cactusroper2002@yahoo.com

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  18. Hi, my name is Carolyne and I heard about Camryn through RA Chicks about 2 weeks ago and Ive been checcking your blog ever since. I must say that Camryn is one brave and couragous young girl and I pray that she beats this cancer and that she continue to smile always. Would love to send her mail and has decided that whenever I travel I would mail her something from where I am if that would make her happy, my email address is
    angel-eyes87@hotmail.co.uk

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  19. I would love to send Camryn some mail : ) She melts my heart!!! Love and light to you and your family.
    bertygirl@live.com

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  20. my girls would love to ....

    derincahoon@hotmail.com

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  21. I'd love to send her a card (or 10!) My friend Cindy had posted about little Cami on her blog after she made some headbands for her (Cranberries and Capers) so I've been following ever since. -Maureen (mrgreeley@gmail.com)

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  22. u don't know me but i found your blog through jen herem photography and have just fell in love with your brave little girl. i have three kids and we would all love to write her a letter and send it to her. i just have to say what a strong woman u are to be going through all this and still find time to blog about it. i am so glad i found your blog and would love to help in any way i could. whitneysalmon@yahoo.com what is her favorite princess or stuff she enjoys playing with?

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  23. Hello. I learned about your website when a friend sent me the link to the article in the Deseret News. I live in Kentucky, and I don't know your family, but I would love to send Cami some mail.
    I am getting ready to start medical school next fall, and have been feeling a calling to go into peds oncology. After reading Cami's story, I am certain that I have chosen the right field. I want to help these precious children fight these terrible diseases. Thank you for posting Cami's story online. Discovering it made me realize just how much I want to specialize in this field.
    My email addy is kristennporter@gmail.com
    And my blog, incase you want to know more about me is kristennporter.wordpress.com

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  24. I would LOVE to send Cami a card :)
    snowbdl@hotmail.com

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  25. jl.omeara@hotmail.com

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  26. amandawest78@msn.com
    I am a total stranger but found your blog through a friend. I have 4 little girls and I think they would love to send your daughter a card. My heart breaks for your adorable little girl and we pray for a fast recovery.

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  27. I found your blog through a friend as well. Would loved to send her a card a gift. jennybritton1@yahoo.com

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  28. I found your blog through a coworker, I work at the same travel agency as your mom. My daughter and I would love to send Cami a card. She is such a beautiful, strong, amazing little girl and I have just been so impressed with her and you as well, your blog is just amazing!
    rachelbrusch@gmail.com

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  29. We would be honored to be able to send Cami a card.

    miss_amorris@yahoo.com

    Amy & Dave

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  30. My 4 year old little girl and 3 year old little boy would love to send Cami a card. lynzee77@gmail.com

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  31. When Kristen relapsed the first time everyone asked, "what can I do?" I knew Kristen couldn't have visitors and with 3 teenagers at home nothing was really needed at home either. I asked for cards. I said Kristen loves mail so a card or letter would be great. I set up a PO box because i didn't want to put our address on our blog. Kristen received mail from all over the world. It was amazing and it gave her something to look forward to. I would love your address so I could send Cami a card.

    Polly
    pollykirton@hotmail.com

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  32. I know this post was awhile ago but I stumbled across your blog from stumbling upon Skyler's blog and both of these blogs have brought me to tears. These cute kids are so brave and it amazes me their determination. I would love to send her a card. I also make headbands and would love to send her a few. maurisafari at gmail dot com

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  33. Wow, I would love to send her something. I know it's not her birthday, but I just came across this blog and am amazed at Cami's tenacity and love for life even with everything she's going through.

    hotfries7@hotmail.com

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